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10 Tips for Summertime Self-Care

June 13, 2016

Hello, sweet summer!

With the solstice only a few weeks ago, it’s time we start mapping out our road trips, booking those beach cottages, and planning which National Parks we finally plan to conquer.

Summer is a playful, wild, and sensory season. It can also be intense. To avoid seasonal burnout, implement some of these health tips so that you can celebrate the sun all summer long.

10 Tips for Summertime Self-Care

1. Eat more berries.

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, oh my! They’re all in season and they’re all brimming with antioxidants. Add some of these plump and fun little fruits to your daily diet to reap maximum health benefits. We recommend them with fruit smoothies, in an acai bowl, on a goat cheese and walnut salad, or enjoy them frozen and added to flavored water or iced tea. Side note: they often taste way sweeter when you buy local and organic, so make a point to hit up that farmers market.

2. Get dirty.

When the summer sun calls your name, you have to answer. Whether it’s going outside to garden or spending the weekend on an immersive camping trip, spending time in nature is proven to lower stress. Use this time to get dirty and reconnect with Big Mama N. It’s great exercise for your body, mind, and soul.

3. Limit sun exposure. 

Don’t underestimate the importance of sunscreen. Sunlight consists of UV and UVA rays, which are the biggest causes of premature aging and skin cancer. Make sure your sunscreen isn’t expired (yes, that can happen) and select something with a high enough SPF to protect your particular skin type. You can even buy some skin protectants that double as foundation or moisturizer.

Alternatively (or additionally!), wear hats and strive to chill in the shade. If you do get burnt, have an Aloe vera plant at the ready. The cooling juice inside the leaves will soothe those unwanted burns. Remember to moisturize!

4. Hydrate. (Seriously.)

We don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but drink your water, gosh darnit! Drinking water helps digestion, circulation, absorption, the transportation of important nutrients, and the regulation of your body temperature. It also helps energize your muscles, prepping you for those 3.5-mile hikes. Furthermore, it fights off wrinkles by locking in moisture, and helps maintain kidney function. So yeah, drink that water. A glass of water within 20 minutes of waking up is a great way to start the day.

5. Travel light.

Summer is the time of year when we need minimal amounts of clothing. When you’re gearing up for a trip, it can be tempting to throw 20 dresses and 10 pairs of shoes into your pack, but ask yourself: Do you really need all of that stuff? Would having fewer options make you feel more free, or ease decision-making? Summer is a great time to let go of all that extra stuff, and make room for less materialistic things, like spending time with your friends and getting outdoors. In fact, it could be the perfect time to do a big clean-out, encouraging you to donate or sell some old clothes to create more breathing room.

6. Wash your face.

We’ve all been there: It’s been a long day, you’re tired, and washing your face seems like such a challenge. But this summer strive to give your skin a simple cleanse before hitting the sheets. During the summer, your pores are more likely to get clogged with sunscreen, sweat, and dirt. And while you may be wearing less makeup, the extra time you’re spending outdoors makes it imperative that you wash away all the gook from the day. Homemade cleansers, peels, masks, and toners work wonders.

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Amanda Kohr is a 24-year-old writer and photographer with a penchant for yoga, food, and travel. She prefers to bathe in the moonlight rather than the sun, and enjoys living in a state of the three C’s: cozy, creative, and curious. When she’s not writing, you can find her driving her VW Bug, looking for the next roadside attraction or family diner. She also roams the Internet via her blog at